Jet2 sets sights on Corfu holidays
Jeremy Guest: January 2014
Plans to fly 30,000 Brits on Corfu holidays.
Fast growing airline and holiday company Jet2holidays is to target in 2014 with plans to increase holiday visitors by 50%.
The tour operator, which is based in the north of England, already flies weekly charters that carry more than 20,000 British holidaymakers to the island of Corfu over the holiday season.
After talks last year between Corfu's mayor with officials from Hellenic Island Services, which is the official representative of the company in Corfu, Jet2 plans to boost that number by at least 10,000.
The company jet2.com owns 52 aircraft and operates all over the Mediterranean. Over the past three years the firm has earmarked five aircraft to fly to Corfu holiday destinations on a weekly basis from May to September.
The aircraft have a seat capacity of 250 and fly from airports across northern England including Manchester, Newcastle, East Midlands, Leeds and Glasgow.
This means that Jet2.com now carries more than 20,000 British visitors on holidays to Corfu. Now company bosses plan to add two more aircraft to the weekly schedule.
It will take the Corfu holiday target for the 2014 season to more than 30,000, showing the company has great confidence in the Greek island holidays market despite the country's economic problems.
The tour operating branch of the company, Jet2holidays.com, was formed four years ago as part of the airline jet2.com.
The Jet2holidays.com arm is mainly engaged in selling complete tourist package holidays that include flight and lodging and has experienced rapid growth, doubling its customers each year.
This rapid growth has turned Jet2holidays from a minor player in the British holiday market to the third largest tour operator in Britain.
Corfu saw a major boost in holiday visitors in 2013, as did many of the Greek Islands. Latest figures from the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises) show a double-digit rise for holidaymakers in Corfu with an 11.6% increase on the previous year with 892,202 holiday visitors to the island up to the end of September.